Chicago Fraud Attorney
WHAT IS FRAUD?
Fraud offenses involve the intentional deception of a person or group of people for personal gain. The alleged victims typically suffer from some type of financial loss as a result. Fraud in Chicago can encompass a wide range of acts, from writing bad checks to stealing another person's identity.
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Chicago fraud offenses can include:
- Wire fraud - Any type of fraud that involves the use of electronic communication or wire transfer systems. In most cases, this involves the unauthorized transfer of funds from one account to another. It can also involve sending false or misleading information over a computer network in order to deceive someone and gain access to their financial accounts, personal information, or other sensitive data.
- Insurance fraud - Any intentional act committed by an individual to obtain an unjustified claim from an insurance company. This can involve filing a false claim, exaggerating the amount of the claim or misrepresenting information on an insurance application or policy.
- Bank fraud - Involves illegal or deceptive tactics to obtain money, assets, or other property held by a financial institution through the use of false documentation, credit card theft and abuse, check-kiting schemes, identity theft, counterfeiting, computer intrusion and more.
- Healthcare fraud - Describes the deliberate deception or misuse of funds or information related to medical services, treatments and/or products. Examples of healthcare fraud include submitting false claims for payment by private insurers as well as Medicare or Medicaid programs, using forged documents in insurance applications, providing unnecessary procedures, overbilling for services rendered, prescribing medications that are medically unnecessary, and misrepresenting the services provided.
- Mortgage fraud - When someone misrepresents or omits information on a loan application in order to obtain financing that they would not otherwise qualify for. It can involve multiple parties, including buyers, sellers, lenders, and real estate professionals, who are often working together to commit the fraudulent act(s). Mortgage fraud can take many forms and have different degrees of severity, from inflating income and asset values on a loan application to using false documents. In some cases, the fraud can involve identity theft or forgery.
- Credit card fraud - A federal crime in which someone uses the mail to intentionally deceive or cheat another person. Mail fraud can involve sending false information, failing to deliver goods that have been paid for, or using the mail as part of a larger scheme to defraud people of money or other items of value.
- Medicare fraud - Medicare fraud is a serious problem in the United States and happens when people try to use Medicare funds or information for illegal or personal gain. This can include billing Medicare for services that were never provided, overcharging for services provided, submitting false claims, or using a beneficiary’s Medicare information to submit fraudulent claims.
- Mail fraud - A federal crime in which someone uses the mail to intentionally deceive or cheat another person. Mail fraud can involve sending false information, failing to deliver goods that have been paid for, or using the mail as part of a larger scheme to defraud people of money or other items of value.
What Are the Penalties for Fraud?
The penalties for fraud will depend on the nature of the crime, the value of funds involved, and the extent of the damage done to victims. In most cases, the penalties will involve jail and/or fines, as well as possible restitution to the victims. If you are convicted, you will also have to live with a felony conviction on your criminal record. When you apply for jobs or housing, you may find it difficult to seek approval.
If you are facing felony fraud charges in Chicago, don't wait to contact an experienced Chicago fraud crimes attorney at our firm. At Pissetzky Law LLC, we focus on defending clients against serious and complex felony crimes. With a reputation for providing aggressive counsel and cutting-edge defense, we are committed to helping you achieve a favorable outcome, even fighting for you in court to do so.
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